My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 4…

 

  In which I make a giant leap!

You may well have thought ‘Well that didn’t last long!’ and for a wee while there I thought I may never knit again to.  I have not knit since the last time we spoke of knitting just here.  There are many reasons why but they could just be summed up in one word…’life!’ Yes, life has been busy and if I’m honest very, very sad at the nest, due to a very sudden and very untimely bereavement and so as such I have been unable to comprehend summoning up the fair amount of concentration knitting demands from me. 

I have taken solace in my hook and hooked rows of simple half double crochet on my long forgotten Charming Harbour Blanket instead.

So, after a good while without knitting I spent an evening browsing patterns and decided I still may never knit again because they seemed so flipping difficult to read and  to interpret.  That was until I saw this rather magnificent blanket... by Purl Soho inspired by Barbara Walker.  Advanced beginner it said…and I said ‘well then I can do this!’  

I borrowed my Mom’s circular needles and tried to cast on.  There lay my first problem, I had forgotten how to cast on and I thought yet again I may never learn to knit! That would have been an awful shame because my lovely brother had in the passing weeks gifted me these beautiful needles.  

new knitting needles

With a little perseverance and some minor cursing I remembered how to cast on and look…

learning to knit

I  had managed 123 little stitches followed by one row of knit stitches.  What this picture doesn’t tell you is that this took two attempts as I lost a stitch somehow on my first try.

learning to knit

So, you see my knitting adventure continues precariously but it does continue!

xxxxx

part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 2 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 3 of my knitting adventure is just here 

 

 

 

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seaside stash busting blanket weeks 13- 16

I can’t believe that this blanket has been on my hook and in my life for four months.  It is getting large enough now for me to throw it over my lap in the evenings  and I thought you might like another photo update on my progress. 

You can read about  my weeks 1 – 4 just here

and my weeks 5 – 8 just here

and weeks  9 -12 just here

But let me show you weeks 13 – 16. 

crochet mixed stitch blanket

Now Weeks 13 -15 were just fine…

crochet mixed stitch blanket

crochet mixed stitch blanketcrochet mixed stitch blanket

but week 16…

crochet mixed stitch blanket

well it was basket weave and if you are a long time reader you may remember my last foray with basket weave…It looks great but I do not like hooking this stitch you can read why just here.

So it came as a very welcome relief to find out that the next stitches were the relaxing long wave stitches after the stressful basket weave!

If you want to find out more about this delightful slow CAL (crochet a long) which is being hosted by the lovely Eleanora hop over to her beautiful blog… Coastal Crochet. You can also find lots of other amazing blankets and makers participating in this CAL across social media by searching #seasidestashbustingblanket.

I‘m off to do another couple of rows now.  I will be back soon to show you what else has been on my hook of late and I will also write an update about my yarny knitting adventure.

xxxxx

Five Fabulous Free Crochet Tea Cosy Patterns…

There are now 5 fabulous unique and quirky tea cosies available in the Grandma Collection. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

A very special and sassy collection of tea cosy crochet patterns designed by me and dedicated to the inspirational women in my life.  

There is the loom flower topped ‘Mary cosy’ with beaded detail.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The  ‘Mabel cosy’ is adorned with bright buttons and lace for some feminine chic.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

Pretty beaded flowers bedeck the ‘Dot cosy’ 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The ‘Florence cosy’ will add a large dose of fun to your teapot with a fluffy oversized pompom and woven ribbons.

crochet tea cosy free pattern

 and the  ‘Kathy cosy’ offers understated off the shoulder glamour in traditional granny stitch style.

Each patterns is free and comes with a photo tutorial.   They are easy to hook and make great weekend projects; which makes them the perfect gift for tea lovers.

crochet tea cosy free patterns

Which one is your favourite?

I hope you will have fun hooking these great tea cosies.

xxxxx 

 The Grandma Collection ©2018 and the associated cosies are designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin.
I would love to see your makes and you can share on social media by using the following hashtags
#ayarnyrobin #yarnyrobin @yarnyrobin
These patterns to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share these patterns. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.

 

April crochet…

Well the rain and the snow finally stopped for a little while and the sunshine made a cameo appearance last week. 

april sunshine

It seems more rain and freezing temperatures are on there way again!  But, the sunshine certainly influenced my hooking last  week and I took my hook alfresco whenever I could.  crochet al frescoI have also enjoyed getting back outdoors and walking the dogs now my foot has finally healed.

sunny shadows

Of course there were pit stops along the way!

sandwich timeI have also been keeping up to date with the seaside stashbusting CAL…this photo was taken at the trampoline park.

seaside stashbusting cal

Not much has occurred on the knitting front, in fact it would be fairer to say nothing has happened.  I am enjoying my hooking far too much to be slowed down by needles and I have a couple of commissions that I really must finish.  One of which I can now show you…

crochet baby clothesAren’t they just the sweetest?

I loved making these little baby shorts. 

The pattern is by Mon Petit Violon Designs and I will definitely be hooking some more.  I used Rico baby cotton soft yarn in a dk weight and a denim blue and finished them off with some little wooden buttons. Rico was a lovely yarn to hook with and has given a beautiful stitch definition to the garment.  Of course it is soft enough for babies skin also and machine washable. 

Finally, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has given me such encouraging feedback across my social media about the Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket…

crochet baby blanket

It has really made me smile. 

Have a good week what ever you get up to

xxxxx

Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket Free Pattern…

crochet baby balnket I am so thrilled to be able to introduce the Sunshine Jelly Baby blanket to you.

This delightful crochet blanket is vibrant and fun to hook and the pattern is available, complete with a photo tutorial just below. Made from Drops Muskat cotton, it measures  74cms x 74cms or 29″ x 29″…the perfect pram blanket size, of course you can make the blanket bigger by adding more squares if you wish.
This delicious blanket is made using the Robins Nest square which I designed a few years ago and if you are a regular here you will know that I have recently updated this pattern. When I first designed this square I always intended to make a baby blanket…I guess somethings just take a while to come to pass.

 crochet baby blanketAs always I’m using English crochet terminology.
Ch – chain
Slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet

ch3 – counts as a treble unless otherwise stated.
I’m using drops muskat cotton.

and I’m using the colours  and quantities listed below
red – 100g
old pink – 80g
white – 50g
vanilla yellow – 65g
dark orange -20g

sky blue – 35g
apple green – 50g
and a 4mm crochet hook and a 3.5mm crochet hook 

Each lovely yarny square measures 7″ x 7″ or 18cm x 18cm once blocked.

You will need to make 16 squares to make this blanket arranged 

4 x 4…

of course you can make more squares if you wish to make a larger version.

crochet baby blanket


So here goes…
with a 4mmhook ch2, join with ss to form a tiny ring (you could make a magic circle instead if you prefer)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 1: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL11tr into ring,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin blue yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12tr in total).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 2: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in same space, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL2tr in next st, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL *2tr in next st, ch1*, repeat * * x10 times,
join white yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12 clusters of 2tr and 12 ch spaces).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 3: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL *3tr in next ch space*,

CROCHET TUTORIALrepeat * * x10 times, 2 tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin with slst in top of ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 3tr).
Row 4: join green yarn in between any cluster of 3tr of previous round and ch3,
3tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*4tr in between next cluster of 3tr, ch1*,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 4tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 5: join yellow yarn in any ch space and ch3,
4tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL*5tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 5tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 6: join pink yarn to any ch space and ch3,
5tr in same sp, ch1,
*6tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with ss in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 6tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 7: join red yarn in any ch space, ch3,
5tr in same space,

CROCHET TUTORIALch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in same space (corner made),

CROCHET TUTORIAL*6tr in next ch space, 6tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, ch3, 6tr in same space*
(2nd corner made)
repeat * * x2 times

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, 6tr in next space, join with slst in beginning ch3. Do not fasten off.

Row 8: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 5sts,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*6tr in ch3 sp, ch2,
6tr in same space (corner made),

crochet tutorial*1tr in next 5sts,

crochet tutorialdc UNDER next stitch (indicated by the hook)

crochet tutorial1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 6sts,
6tr in ch sp, ch 2, 6tr in same space*

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x2times

CROCHET TUTORIAL

1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
slst to beginning 3rd ch to finish.
Weave in ends.

crochet tutorial

Blocking:

A word on blocking:
Before blocking…

crochet tutorial

Your square will be wibbly.
After blocking…

crochet tutorialYour square will lie flat and will look much better.
Blocking is really worth the extra effort and isn’t difficult or expensive to do. I just pinned this square to my ironing board so that it measured 7″ by 7″ and hovered my iron just above the square and blasted it with steam. Allow to cool before unpinning and store carefully. Alternatively, you could pin the square to the required measurements to a towel or a pin board, spritz with water and allow to dry.

Joining:

I have used a simple and easy slip stitch to join these squares.  I have chosen this join for two reasons.  The first reason is that it is secure and does not add anything to the squares, allowing them to showcase themselves.

The second reason is it uses the least amount of yarn and also creates less ends to weave in. 

So to join the squares start by placing 2 squares with the right side to the right side…ie/ the wrong side of each square will be facing outwards. 

Note that this join requires you to place slip stitches in the top of the stitches along the edge of the square and you should go under both loops of each stitch. 

crochet baby blanket free pattern

 Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in both stitches of each square, these stitches should be the corresponding stitches for each square. Some stitches will require you to slip stitch in the top square only.  This is because the squares are only joined to each other at each corner and in the middle of each scallop. 

Join yarn in 2nd ch of any corner space and with a 3.5mm hook slst,

in both squares slst in the next 6sts,

in top square only slst in next 6 sts (tr), slst in next st (dc), slst in next st (1st tr of scallop),

*in both squares slst in next 3 sts (2nd, 3rd &4th st of scallop),

in top square only slst in next 3sts (tr,dc,tr)*

repeat * – *

in top square only slst in next 5sts,

in both squares slst in next 6 sts, miss chst, slst into 2nd ch of corner space. 

Repeat this process for each side of the square which requires joining.  You will not need to cut your yarn at the end of each side joined as you can continue round by adding another square.  I started joining in the middle of the blanket.  You will have to join in a new corner space for some of the joins, but the process remains the same.

I do hope you enjoy this pattern.

The Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket ©2018 and the robins nest square ©2016 are designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin
I would love to see your makes and you can share on social media by using the following hashtags
#ayarnyrobin  #yarnyrobin @yarnyrobin
This pattern to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share this pattern. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.

 

My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 3…

 

  In which wine is not involved!

I have not knitted every day this week; I have done a wee bit though.  Most of my yarn time has been given over to a beautiful crochet baby blanket and to getting the pattern and tutorial ready to go out in a couple of days, which actually has been quite time consuming…

It’s a good job I love to do nothing better! 

But back to knitting…this is what I have completed. 

learning to knit

I have completed 35 rows of stocking stitch. 

Told you it wasn’t much…but this is what I have learned.  Purl stitch is spelt P.U.R.L… not as I had spelt it in my last post! 

 I think I can count the rows better if I look at the purl side.  I also have been keeping track of which row I am leaving my stitches at by emailing myself…you may laugh but it works for me! 

I have also had another little lesson with Mom, no wine involved this time;  in which we discussed and she demonstrated increasing and decreasing and I got a little frustrated…! 

Mom also gave me an old pattern just to look through and get familiar with the terms and just actually reading a knitting pattern…which got me thinking that making these squares is a bit dull. 

Before I knew where I was, it was way past midnight and I had picked out a few easy knit mitts and beanies over on ravelry…this is my favourite just here

Now do you think I should really start something just yet?

 

xxxxx

part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here

 part 2 of my knitting adventure is just here

  

 

 

 

Robins nest square pattern update:

Top 5 things to crochet when it's hot and number 1 is ironic!
Robins nest square

I have updated this lovely pattern and have re shot the tutorial photos, so they are clearer. I have also updated this pattern on ravelry too so you can save for later if you want to.

Hope you enjoy!

As always I’m using English crochet terminology.
Ch – chain
Slst – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet

ch3 – counts as a treble unless otherwise stated.
I’m using drops muskat cotton

and I’m using the colours listed below, you will see you only need a very small quantity of yarn.
red – 16g
old pink – 5g
white – 3g
vanilla yellow – 4g
dark orange -1g

sky blue – 2g
apple green – 3g
and a 4mm crochet hook.

This lovely yarny square measures 7″ x 7″ or 18cm x 18cm once blocked.


So here goes…
ch2, join with ss to form a tiny ring (you could make a magic circle instead if you prefer)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 1: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL11tr into ring,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin blue yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12tr in total).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 2: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in same space, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL2tr in next st, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL *2tr in next st, ch1*, repeat * * x10 times,
join white yarn and slst into 3rd ch
(12 clusters of 2tr and 12 ch spaces).

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 3: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL *3tr in next ch space*,

CROCHET TUTORIALrepeat * * x10 times, 2 tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIALjoin with slst in top of ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 3tr).
Row 4: join green yarn in between any cluster of 3tr of previous round and ch3,
3tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*4tr in between next cluster of 3tr, ch1*,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 4tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIAL

Row 5: join yellow yarn in any ch space and ch3,
4tr in same sp, ch1

CROCHET TUTORIAL*5tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with slst in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 5tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 6: join pink yarn to any ch space and ch3,
5tr in same sp, ch1,
*6tr in next ch space, ch1*,
repeat * * x10 times, join with ss in ch3 and fasten off.
(12 clusters of 6tr and 12 ch spaces)

CROCHET TUTORIALRow 7: join red yarn in any ch space, ch3,
5tr in same space,

CROCHET TUTORIALch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in same space (corner made),

CROCHET TUTORIAL*6tr in next ch space, 6tr in next ch space,

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, ch3, 6tr in same space*
(2nd corner made)
repeat * * x2 times

CROCHET TUTORIAL6tr in next space, 6tr in next space, join with slst in beginning ch3. Do not fasten off.

Row 8: ch3,

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 5sts,

CROCHET TUTORIAL

*6tr in ch3 sp, ch2,
6tr in same space (corner made),

crochet tutorial*1tr in next 5sts,

crochet tutorialdc UNDER next stitch (indicated by the hook)

crochet tutorial1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch

CROCHET TUTORIAL1tr in next 6sts,
6tr in ch sp, ch 2, 6tr in same space*

CROCHET TUTORIAL

repeat * * x2times

CROCHET TUTORIAL

1tr in next 5sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
1tr in next 5 sts, dc under next stitch,
slst to beginning 3rd ch to finish.
Weave in ends.

crochet tutorial

A word on blocking:
Before blocking…

crochet tutorial

Your square will be wibbly.
After blocking…

crochet tutorialYour square will lie flat and will look much better.
Blocking is really worth the extra effort and isn’t difficult or expensive to do. I just pinned this square to my ironing board so that it measured 7″ by 7″ and hovered my iron just above the square and blasted it with steam. Allow to cool before unpinning and store carefully. Alternatively, you could pin square to the required measurements, to a towel or a pin board, spritz with water and allow to dry.
A very versatile yarny square.

I have also made a baby blanket using this square called the Sunshine Jelly Baby Blanket

crochet baby blanket
Happy hooking.

Robins nest square ©2016 designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin #yarnyrobin on Instagram.
This pattern to include the photos are the property of Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin. You can’t modify, resell or share this pattern. You can sell finished items made from it, but please mention that the item is made using AYARNYROBIN pattern.

 

seaside stash busting blanket weeks 9 – 12

I thought you might like another little update on the slow CAL (crochet a long) I’m participating in which is being hosted by the lovely Eleanora over at coastal crochet. You can also find lots of other amazing blankets and makers participating in this CAL  across social media by searching #seasidestashbustingblanket.

You can read about  my weeks 1 – 4 just here

and my weeks 5 – 8 just here

But let me show you weeks 9 – 12.  I have enjoyed these weeks so much, hooking out and about in town

CROCHET MIXED STITCH BLANKET

The blanket is certainly growing larger and no longer resembles a scarf…in fact it is way past scarf stage now and is handy for keeping my lap warm whilst I hook away.

MIXED STITCH CROCHET BLANKET

I think this will be the last close up picture where the whole of the blanket will fit into frame.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

 

I’m still ploughing through my stash too, so this makes me doubly thrilled with this blanket.  I find I am really looking forward to every Monday and Friday when the next rows are released.  I love the surprise of not knowing what the next set of rows will be.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

 

xxxxx

My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 2…

 

  In which I progress to pearl stitch…

I have knitted religiously every day this week; just a little bit here and there.  I read about the brain having ‘muscle memory’ and the importance of repetition when learning something new.  If only knitting practice or crochet for that matter toned the physical muscles…I would be a goddess by now!

learning to knitSo I have knitted more squares using the ‘knit’ stitch and I have sorted out the wibbly edge.  I am pleased with my tension and I am not getting a random extra stitch anymore.  I can cast on and off all by myself too.  I have learnt that this knit stitch is also called garter stitch and that when the fabric is separated you have an umbrella and a v underneath…but to count the stitches is tricky.  I am doing 40 rows not 20 like I thought! 

This is my weeks work… 

learning to knit

learning to knit On Friday evening  my Mom came round with some more wine…(there is a theme here isn’t there?) and taught me how to pearl. 

Now as far as I can tell this is just backward knit stitch, but I love it.  It gives a flatter fabric which makes my heart flutter a little bit.  I thought I would be able to make squares just from pearl stitches but Mom explained that I could not do this and would need to make squares to practice that were  made up of a row of knit stitch followed by a row of pearl stitch; repeated…also known as ‘stocking stitch’. 

I love that in knitting there is a term like stocking stitch or garter stitch which refers to a pattern repeat…I don’t think crochet does this so well. 

Anyway, this is my first attempt at stocking stitch…can you notice the BIG whoops?  Yes, I lost track of my rows and must have pearled or knitted two rows together and my flatter pearl rows jumped over to the bumpier knit side! learning to knitOh well!  It may have been the wine. 

I still can’t count the rows…it is so difficult to count the rows. 

Any advice gladly welcome?

xxxxx

part 1 of my knitting adventure is just here  

  

 

 

 

My Yarny Knitting Adventure part 1…

 

I can not knit. 

I have tried before, but it has not ended well.  For a while now I have thought about knitting, but then I would recall my previous attempts and squash any thought I had. 

But, just the other week I spied the most gorgeous pair of fair isle mitts I ever did see and I thought I must learn to knit.  Then I thought of my previous attempts at knitting and instead of squashing that thought…I thought… I SHOULD really learn to knit.   Of course, me being me I have set my heart on fair isle.  I know it is most complicated and tricky, but it is also absolutely beautiful.  And so, here I am documenting  part 1 of my yarny knitting adventure.  

If you have read my previous post you will know that there is still much crochet going on here at the nest too and that will continue as always.

So, yesterday afternoon after Easter Sunday dinner at my parents house, my Mom fetched her hoard of knitting needles and sorted me a pair of 4mm needles…an odd pair, but a pair non the less.

  Mom, then showed me how to cast on and do a knit stitch.  20 stitches per row and set me the task of knitting 20 rows.

I found the knit stitch reassuringly satisfying as the needles made a gentle clicking sound and of course the familiar feel of the yarn in my hands was heart warming.  The 21st stitch that appeared from no where was baffling as was the loopy first stitch in every row.

  I must also stress the responsibility of holding 20 (sometimes 21) stitches on the needle all at the same time instead of the 1 stitch in crochet required much concentration…which after 3 large glasses of wine was a challenge I must confess.    After a good nights sleep I continued  with my task until I noticed something didn’t look quite right, see…

Now, I still am not quite sure what had happened here, but I also couldn’t just leave it.  So I ripped the rows back

recaptured the 20 little stitches and continued until I could count 19 rows and 20 stitches on the needle.  Now I thought do I knit another row to make 20 rows or do the stitches on the needle count as row 20 already???  Cue Mom and another cup of tea and a cast off lesson to!

learning to knit

I am so pleased, but I still have to get this knit stitch nailed. 

I still need to be able to cast on and knit on my own, visually  recognise the stitch so that I can recognise when the stitch is not right.  I need to fix the wibbly edge and cast off on my own too.  So I plan on knitting some more knit stitch squares before progressing to pearling. 

So, I can no longer say I can’t knit, instead I can now say I am learning to knit.

xxxxx